A couple of months from now, the new flagship smartphone from Samsung will be finally unveiled. As expected, the rumor mill hasn't stopped producing news about the Galaxy S8.
This time around, leaked images from a smartphone case manufacturer signify Samsung just might keep the headphone jack. This bit of news completely contradicts a previous rumor that Samsung is following rival Apple's lead by ditching the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Ghostek released a render showing cases that still have provisions for the headphone jack. The company already released one render yesterday showing the supposed new Samsung handset enclosed in one of its products. It must be noted, however, that the two Ghostek cases in the two renders are completely different from each other.
Trusted Reviews noted that the size of the case in the render indicates the shape of the Galaxy S8 will be similar with that of the Galaxy Note 7.
As mentioned by Ubergizmo, Samsung has yet to comment on the two leaks from Ghostek.
The absence of the headphone jack allows Samsung to create a thinner phone and to provide a bit more space for the battery. The latter fact may be more important than one would think as the Korean conglomerate has dealt with some serious battery issues before. One of the suspected reasons why the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 went up in smoke was because the battery did not have enough space to "breathe" or to expand when it heated up.
While getting rid of the headphone jack may finally resolve the issue, it does open up other concerns particularly the need to purchase wireless headphones or USB-C enabled ones.
All will be known come next month. Samsung is scheduled to unveil its latest products including the Galaxy S8 at the World Mobile Congress which will be held in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 27 to March 2.